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#2309413 - Today at 03:39 PM Digital Piano for a Musical
well23 Online   content
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Registered: 07/30/14
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Hey, I am playing keyboard for the musical "Rent" and we need to provide our own instruments. I have one it's 61-keys it's not enough and not midi compatible so, I need 88 keys. What would a good digital piano that is midi compatible and under $500 for a musical?
Thanks in advance!

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#2309420 - Today at 04:12 PM Re: Digital Piano for a Musical [Re: well23]
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If "MIDI-compatible" means it has _real_ MIDI In / MIDI Out ports, and "digital piano" means it has 88 weighted keys:

. . . I don't think you can find one on the "new" market.

The Casio PX-350 (which I own, therefore I have bias) meets all the specs, but it's somewhat outside your budget. I'd stretch the budget, and buy one (or try and rent it, or buy one used).

. Charles

PS -- why do you need MIDI? What will this be controlling? Or what will be controlling it? There are some DP's in your budget which have "MIDI-over-USB" connectivity, so you can hook them to a computer.

PS -- edit -- check out the Yamaha P-35. The spec says it has "MIDI In/Out", and it's within your budget. Check the manual, see what kind of MIDI jacks it uses. You'll probably use the "headphone" output to feed the PA system.




Edited by Charles Cohen (Today at 04:17 PM)

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#2309468 - 30 minutes 48 seconds ago Re: Digital Piano for a Musical [Re: well23]
well23 Online   content
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Midi is needed for the special sounds the score requires. The company gives you a program the goes from keyboard to computer and PA system is hooked into the computer.

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#2309482 - 2 seconds ago Re: Digital Piano for a Musical [Re: well23]
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It sounds as if the set up you describe would work with either the older midi sockets with a USB cable/converter, or with the newer MIDI via USB system found on all DPs nowadays. You would not need both (though it's always preferable if available, as on some DPs).

Where are you getting the sounds from:

1 The digital piano?
2 The digital piano and the computer?
3 The computer only?
4 The digital piano and external modules?

If it's 2, then USB connectors will be all you need, along with audio cables, of course.

I'd go for the Yamaha P105, the Casio PX150 or, if you can find one for the right price: PX350, PX5s or maybe Yamaha DGX650. All these latter models have more features and sounds than the others.
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